Medical Student Education Program Course Goals
- To prepare culturally sensitive health care providers who are knowledgeable of the principles of family medicine.
- To provide experiences which will aid students in developing the knowledge base and clinical skills to diagnose and manage common acute and chronic problems seen in Family Medicine.
- To provide experiences which will aid the student in developing the knowledge base and skill to provide age and gender appropriate health maintenance
- To provide experiences which will allow students to improve their skills in history taking, performing physical exams, and developing reasonable differential diagnoses; and to develop management plans appropriate for their level of training.
- To establish an empathetic rapport with patients and the community to foster partnerships conducive to promoting health, preventing diseases and establishing a therapeutic alliance.
- To teach students to appreciate the differences between outpatient and in-patient care in terms of patient autonomy, the importance of lifestyle, family, community, and environmental, sociocultural, and socioeconomic factors.
- To introduce the student to the comprehensive primary care of rural populations and the analysis of rural health problems.